ALBUM OF WEEK 33 – THANK YOU

Again it’s taken me some time to decide which album was my favorite last week, especially after my Toilet Boys fever.

Don’t really know the reason to recover Stone Temple Pilots, felt a bit nostalgic, I guess.

To be honest, despite he joined former members of Guns n’ Roses in the super band Velvet Revolver, with an outstanding debut album, Contraband, I really got sick of Scott Weiland and his leadership in a band, which ended up being ridiculous, like a kind of joke.

I’m not particularly fond of best of’s, there are always songs that should be included but aren’t, and stuff like that. Still, Thank You is one of the most complete and enjoyable compilation, in which an evolution is clearly noticeable.

STP were included in the Seattle Wave, or grunge, you name it, something ridiculous when talking about a band rooted in San Diego. The truth is that their first album, Core, had this hit single, Plush, with Scott Weiland singing in an Eddie Vedder style, many people thought they were just a copy.

As already mentioned, this band evolved from a darker sound to a more Californian style, plus the singer’s voice was closer to Jim Morrison instead.

Not sure though, which one is my favorite album. I adore the first two, supported by the fact that I saw them on stage back in 1995. It was the time for Purple.

In my opinion, of course, evolution separating from this label imposed, started with Tiny Music, and I reckon No. 4 was magic.

To be honest, I haven’t listened to the last two albums much, and definitely I’ll give them a chance sometime soon.

Thank You focuses on their first three albums. Yes, two songs of No. 4 and Sangri-La Dee Da are included, but the strength of the compilations is built by Core songs, their hottest in commercial and popularity terms.

I particularly enjoy with the selection of Tiny Music, especially Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart and Lady Picture Show, but miss Atlanta badly, again, a song which deserved to be included as one of their best.

With the passing of years I’ve discovered many people praising this band, something that hadn’t happened in a long time, and I’m glad, STP managed to find their way and succeed, not as mainstream as other bands, but becoming established and recognized.

Thus, ages passed without listening to STP, when recovering them, has become a very pleasant experience I strongly recommend.

 

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